The NBA Draft is quietly less than two months away. With only two rounds and 60 players selected, it is the most exclusive draft out of any of the four major sports.
Only the upper echelon of players get invited to the NBA Combine, and the Michigan State Spartans have two such guys.
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Denzel Valentine and Deyonta Davis are both projected mid-first round NBA draft picks.
Davis will have a chance to prove scouts right about being so high on him when a lot of fans thought he could benefit from another year in school. Davis announced last month that he was entering the draft after one season with the Spartans. He averaged 7.5 points and 5.5 rebounds per game, in limited court time.
Valentine will be trying to show scouts his versatility and leadership skills and justify the comparisons made between him and former Spartan turned pro Draymond Green. Valentine is entering the draft much more decorated, winning multiple national player of the year awards.
His 19.2 points, 7.7 assists and 7.5 rebounds per game were the first time any player recorded such a stat line since assists became an official stat in 1984.
So far there have been 75 players invited to the Draft Combine and to the surprise of Spartan nation, seniors Bryn Forbes and Matt Costello are not among the invitees. The two played in the Portsmouth Invitational, a postseason tournament for seniors who may be on the outside of the NBA Draft board looking in.
The combine will take place May 11-15 in Chicago. The draft will take place on Thursday, June 23.